Correct Installation for Skimmer Replacement
11,000 gallon 1980 Florida gunite pool
Fibre Tech installed over gunite in 2001
My 1980 Baker Hydro skimmer was cracked horizontally in the throat so I called a licensed company to replace my skimmer
They replaced the Baker Hydro with an AstralPool Skimmer...
"Skimmer guy" left beige Baker Hydro Mouth protruding(varying levels of 2-5mm) on the vertical Water Line of the pool... The AstralPool Skimmer mouth is smaller and WHITE as is the grout of my new tile mosaic.. The termination point of my new mosaic tile install looks terrible... The SKIMMER GUY used a lot of hydraulic cement rolling back into the mouth at a 45degree angle and yet the old flange of the Baker Hydro still protrudes on the top of the skimmer mouth as well as the two sides by approximately 2-5mm... IMHO it looks sloppy... The TILE GUY blames the SKIMMER GUY and says the SKIMMER GUY should have taken out the throat and butted the NEW AstralPool Skimmer mouth up to the same place where the original BakerHydro sat...that giving the TILE GUY a clean termination point.....
SKIMMER GUY says that in FLORIDA it is NOT industry standard to take out the THROAT of an original skimmer bc it will compromise the integrity of the deck..
The two are arguing and both have agreed to do what I want.. What I want to know is what ISSSS the proper way to install a new skimmer throat in a 30yr old gunite drop????
ALSO, the Tile GUY is mad at the SKIMMER GUY for the SKIMMER GUY shifting the burden of cutting down the beige perimeter with a blade to the tile guy. TILE GUY SAYS, "I ONLY tile UP TO the skimmer mouth. The SKIMMER GUY gave u a sloppy job and i'm not cutting into his Baker perimeter bc if I do and it leaks then I don't want to be blamed...and if I mud hydraulic onto his protruding Baker perimter and the hydraulic cement doesnt stick to the Baker perimeterm,there is a possibility the mosaic i rolled just over the edge cracks away in a few years then you are going to blame my tile work. I dont hydraulic or thinset over plastic.. I won't do it"
Hopefully there is an old school pool guy who can tell me what industry standard is bc the 'finish' of this job is unbelievably sloppy and since pools are totally new to me,I would rather ask an expert.
Any input is greatly appreciated..
thanks, Daisy Doolittle